What a Party!

What a Party!

One of the great stories in the Bible is the marriage feast of Cana. They must have had a rollicking good time with all the wine.  Did Jesus and his 12 each toast the bride and groom with a cup of wine?  That might have drained the supply drastically.  So maybe it was Jesus’ fault that they ran low.
Yet, Jesus seems to avoid admitting any responsibility.  His exchange with Mary seems to mean that it was neither her business nor his.  But look at the powerful influence of his mother. He wasn’t able to go out and get a six-pack, but he did a bit better than that. Wow!  Gallons and gallons of wine. The chief steward almost fell out of his chair when he tasted the new wine.
And yet there is so much more to the scene. A poet expresses the happening most beautifully: “The modest water saw its God and blushed.” 
Though this comes from an English poet, it goes back to an older Latin hymn. But then the meaning of the scene. The appreciation of God’s gift of wine, the beauty of marriage as God sees it. And the final words of the passage, where it says that Jesus’ disciples came to believe in him.  Was it just the miracle?  Why would such a miracle lead to faith in Jesus?  I have to admit I haven’t figured that out yet. But what a great story!
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About the Author

Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for more than 25 years.